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BYU presents stage adaptation of "A Wrinkle in Time" May 29-June 15

Brigham Young University’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts will present  “A Wrinkle in Time,” a new play adapted from the popular children’s novel by Madeleine L’Engle, in the de Jong Concert Hall Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 15, including matinee performances on Saturdays.

Tickets are $6 for anyone older than the age of six. The audience will be seated in general admission chairs on the de Jong Concert Hall stage surrounding the playing space on three sides. For tickets, visit the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322 or visit byuarts.com/tickets. There are no performances Sundays or Mondays.

Please note that there will be strobe lighting used throughout the production. The performance on Thursday, June 6, will offer American Sign Language interpretation.

Directed by Rodger Sorensen, the BYU production of “A Wrinkle in Time” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the children’s science fiction novel about love, faith and the importance of family. First published in 1962, the book won a Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was a runner up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

On a dark and stormy night, Meg and her family receive an unexpected knock at their door. Behind it lurks an unearthly guest with incredible news. She knows the location of the children’s father who went missing while experimenting with time travel. As they trek through space to find him, Meg must learn to harness the power of love in order to conquer the forces of evil.

“Is it possible for adults to tell simple, truthful stories in imaginative ways, without relying on technology, elaborate sets and amazing special effects — stories that will transport us all into that genuine place where children seriously play?” Sorensen asks in the director’s note. “Let's find out. Unlock the doors. Fling wide the windows. Come play with us. Let's contemplate the beauty of Mrs. Whatsit’s transformation. Let’s listen to the music of the spheres in celebration of goodness, light and love.”

The production is also featured in 4th Wall, a dramaturgy project run by the Theatre and Media Arts Department. The project works to break down the supposed wall separating the audience from the actors through insights from the rehearsal room, interesting historical information, interviews with the production team and more. For more information about 4th Wall, visit 4thwalldramaturgy.byu.edu.

The cast features Lindsay Clark as Meg Murry, Adam White as Charles Wallace, Logan Hayden as Calvin O’Keefe, Stephanie Richardson as Mrs. Whatsit, Chelsea Hickman as Mrs. Who, Jenna Hawkins as Mrs. Which, James Lyon as Mr. Murry, Jasmine Fullmer as Mrs. Murry, and  Amy Castro, Allyson Thaxton, Johnny Spelta and Beth Lloyd in the ensemble.

The design and technical crew also includes Brittany Corbett, production stage manager; Eric Fielding and Logan Hayden, set designers; Desiree Moss, costume designer; Marianne Ohran, lighting designer; Patrick Hayes; Anna Deceuster, dramaturg; Lindsay Clark, choreographer and music director; and Lara Cobb, properties designer.

For more information, contact Ken Crossley at (801) 422-9348 or ken_crossley@byu.edu.

Writer: Hwa Lee

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